To The People Who Got Us Here

S&T’s Formula SAE team is at the Michigan International Raceway for the annual SAE contest. There’s lots of stories to tell and pictures to show, but first, please join Miner Racing to thank
Joe Boze, who passed away last year. For years Joe was the Formula SAE Team’s go-to guy for machining support, but that was the least of Joe’s contributions to the mechanical engineering department. Joe was the penultimate gentleman. A gracious, soft-spoken guy who was a wonderful teacher, advisor, friend and colleague. For decades Joe would remain calm in the face of students’ automotive parts crises, always ready to calm the situation by explaining that things were not that bad, always ready to apply a little machine-shop ‘magic’ to help ease the panic.

His manufacturing peers across campus didn’t often hear from Joe until he stumbled on some machinery or materials that he thought valuable to other departments. He’d call to say “hey, I just came across this stuff and thought you might like some for your shop.”

There were no departmental boundaries for Joe, as in his heart all S&T faculty and staff were here for the students. Everyone knew, respected and loved Joe Boze for his many skills. Certainly thousands of S&T students, staff, and faculty will count themselves richer for having met, worked with, and been friends of Joe’s. FSAE alumni will raise a glass to his name so long as they count themselves engineers. And for years to come incoming S&T students will hear “ahhh, you should have known Joe!”

You’ll always be in our hearts, Joe. We were lucky beyond words to count you as our friend.


  1. Hank Pernicka says

    Amen Bob!